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I would be interested in knowing statistically how many false negatives occur when screened at age 40. I was diagnosed with BC when I was 39 years old a year after I was told by my physician that the lump I felt was a result of "lumpy breasts," and because the mammogram did not detect anything suspicious,,,the flip side of the problem with dense breast tissue. I was deemed cancer free. After a second opinion a year later, I was diagnosed with BC, along with 6 out of 16 lymph nodes with microscopic cancer cells. I followed in short order with a left breast mastectomy and 6 rounds of chemotherapy. I remained in remission (no evidence of disease--NED) for 11 years until 2006 when I was diagnosed with metastatic cancer to my bones. So much is now available in the way of treatment and I am very encouraged by my progress...but there will always be a haunting question in the back of my mind if I had been more proactive a year sooner.
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